The world of blogging has introduced me to a lot of interesting and inspiring people I might have otherwise not met. Case in point – Jen Reeves of Born Just Right. I came across her blog a few months ago and amazingly bumped into her in person at the Type-A Conference in Atlanta in late September. Literally.
I was at the DisneySide party wearing the Mike Wazowski shirt I made for Trent a couple years ago and spotted someone across the room dressed as Sully. Well, naturally, I had to say hi. Much to my pleasant surprise, it was Jen! And she was as nice in person as I expected so I was more than happy to share about this great raffle she’s hosting to help raise money for kids to attend Camp No Limits. Because, just like Mike & Sully aren’t scary, neither are limb differences.
Before we get to the raffle details, read Jen’s story …
My eight-year-old daughter, Jordan, was born with one hand and that has led to Born Just Right‘s focus on telling stories about how everyone is just right. We offer support from the parenting side of limb differences. But I’m lucky to periodically have guest writers who offer the adult perspective as well. From time to time, Jordan even offers her kid views.
Each year, we focus on raising funds for Camp No Limits. It is a limb difference family camp that originated in Maine but also holds camps in Idaho, California, Missouri, Maryland and Florida. It allows kids of all ages and their families attend a four-day camp that supports the whole family. Limb difference kids learn life skills, exercises to stay strong, and work on activities they may have never had the chance to learn before. They also get the chance to talk about what it’s like to be different and work with counselors and mentors. It’s so special to watch my daughter, Jordan, evolve from a tiny camper who started attended when she was three-years-old into an eight-year-old who confidently leads younger children through Pilates exercises and life skills like zipping and snaps. The camp also offers support to siblings and parents. Everyone leaves camp feeling empowered and supported.
It’s so special, Born Just Right has raised more than $10,000 in the last few years and we want to keep it going. It takes $500 for each person to attend camp. Our local family resources program pays for Jordan and I to attend so we are very lucky to be able to focus on fundraising for others.
This year, I’m doing it a little differently. October is an awesome opportunity to prove how limb differences aren’t scary. A limb difference does not make anyone a monster. (Unless they choose to be one!) There’s a special lesson kids learn in the limb difference world when they spend time together at Camp No Limits. Campers learn that being different teaches you how everyone is different. We all have our own challenges. There are all kinds of different ways to overcome those challenges. Camp No Limits is special and we have a chance to be able to send more kids to camp for 2015.
As part of Born Just Right‘s fundraising this year, they are hosting a raffle. Here is a look at some of the great prizes donated:
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To take part in the raffle, visit Born Just Right’s Camp No Limits fundraising site and donate a minimum of $5 (get an extra entry for each additional $5 donated). Then return here and submit your entry via Rafflecopter. Click the number of appropriate entries and add your name to equal your donation total (i.e., if you donate $75, click and add your name to both the $25 and $50 buttons).
The Raffle closes on October 31, 2014 so hurry and make that donation today. And share! Please share the word on this great fundraising event via your favorite social media. You can use the buttons below to do so with a simple click or two.